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[kuh-roh-nuh-vahy-ruh s] /kəˈroʊ nəˌvaɪ rəs/
noun, plural coronaviruses.
any of various RNA-containing spherical viruses of the family Coronaviridae, including several that cause acute respiratory illnesses.
Origin of coronavirus
First recorded in 1965-70; so called from the coronalike array of spikes projecting from the capsid Unabridged
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a type of airborne virus accounting for 10-30% of all colds
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C20: so-called because of their corona-like appearance in electron micrographs
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coronavirus in Medicine

coronavirus co·ro·na·vi·rus (kə-rō'nə-vī'rəs)
Any of various single-stranded, RNA-containing viruses that cause respiratory infection in humans and resemble a crown when viewed under an electron microscope because of their petal-shaped projections.

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